Recruiter pays firms to take IT staff

Microscope contributor

In an innovative move to try and stir the level of full time positions for IT and telco staff a recruitment specialist focusing on that area is offering to pay the first month of the salaries of those staff taken on.

The decision by Ratio Search & Selection to pay the first month’s pay for those given permanent positions is in response to the current trend for temporary positions rather than full time.

As a result of the recession an increasing number of firms are looking for short-term cover but not yet prepared to make the leap into taking on people full-time.

“We have never seen such high demand for temporary staff, said Steven Byrne, Ratio Search & Selection’s recruitment director.

Ratio will pay the first month’s pay and guarantee to find a replacement if the person chosen for the role leaves within a year.

Byrne said that it hoped the scheme would “knock down some of the barriers” holding some companies from recruiting full-time staff.

There have already been some warnings sounded about the depth of some staff cuts with the resistance to re-hiring some of those that have been let go with predictions that some companies will find themselves in a weak position as the recovery kicks in.

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